DOS Memo re: Talking Points on International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) Access to Detainees at Abu Ghraib

DOS Press Release asking if the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) has access to detainees in Iraq, including detainees at Abu Ghraib, the answer is yes. The ICRC has also expressed its concerns with detainee abuse and made recommendations to the government.

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Non-legal Memo
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Thursday, May 6, 2004
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Monday, November 22, 2004
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PRM Guidance May 6, 2004
ICRC Access to Detainees
Q:YDoes the International Committee of the Red Cross have access to detainees in Iraq?
A:YThe International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has had regular access to detention facilities in Iraq, including Abu Ghraib. They have had the ability to raise concerns with the Coalition Provisional Authority and the U.S. Government.
ICRC plays this role around the world.
Q:YHas the ICRC discussed their concerns about prison abuse with us?
A:YYes. They have made recommendations and we have acted on some of them.
Q:WWhat are the recommendations?
A:WICRC communications with governments worldwide are based on the principle of confidentiality.
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK E SCHMELZER

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DATE/CASE ID: 23 SEP 2004 200303827
DOS-000281

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